PRINCETON, N.J. – Former ECHL and current Dallas Stars right wing Michael Ryder is The MeiGray Group ECHL Alumnus of the Month for March.
The leading distributor of game- worn hockey jerseys and “Official Game-Worn Jersey Source of the ECHL,” MeiGray sold more than 700 game-worn jerseys in 2010-11 and has sold more than 6,000 since it became “The Official Game-Worn Jersey Source of the ECHL” in 2002-03.
The 32-year-old scored nine goals, added six assists and was a +4 as the Stars went 9-6-0 during the month. Ryder had three multi-point games during the month, notching two assists in a 5-2 win at Vancouver on March 6, and tallying three points (2g-1a) in a 4-3 shootout win against Phoenix on March and in a 3-1 victory at Edmonton on March 28.
Ryder has appeared in all 80 games for the Stars this season, and is tied for second on the club with 62 points (35g-27a). He has set a new career high in goals, and his 35 goals this season are ninth in the NHL.
An eighth-round selection (216th overall) by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, Ryder tallied nine points (4g-5a) in five games with Tallahassee in 2000-01 and added 27 points (14g-13a) in 20 games with Mississippi in 2001-02. He made his NHL debut with Montreal in 2003-04 and has scored 396 points (197g-199a) in 629 regular-season games with the Canadiens, Stars and Boston, while adding 43 points (20g-23a) in 70 career Stanley Cup Playoff games. He was part of the Bruins 2011 Stanley Cup championship squad, scoring 17 points (8g-9a) in 25 postseason contests.
There have been 489 players who have played in the NHL after playing in the ECHL including 22 who have made their debut this season and 23 in 2010-11. The ECHL has had 297 players reach the NHL since 2002-03 when it changed its focus to become the primary developmental league for the NHL and the AHL. The ECHL had 97 players reach the NHL in its first 10 seasons and 215 in the first 15 years. There have been 233 ECHL players who have played their first game in the last seven seasons for an average of more than 33 per year.